Partnership Aims to Create and Distribute Sheet Masks to Communities Nationwide
New York, NY , June 10,2020 — As the United States continues its fight against COVID-19, Sheets & Giggles™ today announced a partnership with Designed By Us™ with the charter of distributing protective cloth, hypoallergenic face masks around the country made from Sheets & Giggles sustainable, eucalyptus lyocell sheets.
With over 1.5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, the demand for more protective masks for communities, essential workers, and frontline and healthcare workers remains high. In response, Sheets & Giggles is providing its hypoallergenic, breathable, self-cooling sheets to Designed By Us so the company can use the material to make masks. The sheets are naturally softer than cotton, use up to 96 percent less water than most cotton sheets and save up to five years' worth of the average person's drinking water.
“Community-driven philanthropy is a pillar of S&G, and now, more than ever, we are committed to helping and supporting those most in need,” Sheets & Giggles Founder and CEO Colin McIntosh said. “Our bedding and company is honestly just a vehicle to do good and help others, so it’s a privilege to partner with Designed By Us to help others stay safe and healthy through these uncertain times. There’s still so much demand for PPE, and we’re honored to be able to provide the materials so more masks can be made, distributed, and donated.”
Each sheet set donated from Sheets & Giggles has approximately 70 square feet of fabric and 200 inches of elastic, providing thousands of DIY cloth masks for people who need raw materials. So far, Sheets & Giggles has donated 32 queen sheet sets.
“Every human deserves protection against COVID-19, which requires an inventive approach to designing face masks for all people,” said Designed By Us Co-Founder and world-renowned designer Joanna Peña-Bickley. “We are extremely grateful to Sheets & Giggles’ for their generosity and continued partnership in supplying us with the necessary materials to create chic, breathable, sustainable masks for people around the world and keep them safe.”
Designed By Us is a nonprofit organization on a mission to make the world work for 100 percent of humanity by investing in under-represented voices in science, technology, engineering, arts, math and design (S.T.E.A.M.D.). Its Design Corps of changemakers promotes diversity and inclusion amongst the LatinX, Black, LGBTQ+, Indigenous, Filipino, Indian, Asian, women, disabled, aging, and veteran populations.
In March, Designed By Us launched the 100 Million Mask Mayday studio program using the specified materials and assembly standards designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The Designed By Us Design Corps has led the creation of a friction-free ecosystem of PPE makers and created a global distribution network for non-for-profit organizations in under-invested-in communities in dire need of PPE. Additionally, the Design Corps has developed automated mechanisms for local supply chains and quality control that give us an opportunity to supply masks at scale for field and hospital systems, nursing homes, agriculture and food manufacturing plants, grocery stores, delivery services, and shelters. When anyone purchases one mask at store.designedbyus.org, two units of PPE e.g.masks, face shields are donated to essential professionals on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since taking part in the 100 Million Mask Mayday project, Designed By Us has sewn 2,309 hypoallergenic face masks, 3D printed 3,531 masks, and has created 255 face shields -- delivering over 6,095 masks and shields nationwide. Please visit store.designedbyus.org to make a purchase and get updated on the total number of masks delivered.
About Sheets & Giggles, Inc.
At Sheets & Giggles™, we're passionate about three things: puns, sleeping, and sustainability (possibly even in that order). We're here to have fun, and we're happy you're here with us. Anything we create of value – like products that surprise and delight, sustainably made bedding, and charitable donations to our communities – is completely incidental to having a good time.
About Designed By Us, Inc.
Designed By Us™ is a non-for-profit organization on a mission to make the world work for 100% of humanity by reimagining and reinventing life-long public education with open source Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math and Design (S.T.E.A.M.D.) curriculum. The Design By Us™ Design Corps is a non-partisan, participatory issue-based design practice that places emphasis on the “triple bottom line” of exceptionally designed solutions to ecological, economic, and social challenges across the world. The Designed By Us Design Corps invites LatinX, Black, LGBTQ+, Indigenous, Filipino, Indian, Asian, Women, Disabled, Homeless and Veterans to learn through making and participating in S.T.E.A.M.D. careers at the nascent stages of a new industrial revolution. The 100M Mask Mayday is just one of the open-source Studio Programs that strives to protect 100% of humanity from COVID19 with accessible, inventive, safe personal protective equipment, logistics and local supply chains.